This Month In Food: Grab some molecular coffee & get reading.

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Let's face it... summer is quickly coming to end. Wether you're back to work, never left the office or still enjoying your time away, go grab yourself a cup of molecular coffee and catch up on what's new in This Month in Food.

But first... it's less than 30 days until our "Investing in the future of Food" conference where we'll bring 11 food / food tech startups as well as a mix of investors, angels, VCs for an evening of startup pitches, panel discussions and high level networking. Check out our lineup of startups and speakers and don't miss your chance to reserve a ticket here

Back to it... our friends at Kickstart announced their recent cohort (including 10 in food & retail), Swiss startup Faitron expands into Asia, and personalised nutritional supplement startup Baze raises $6m to continue their expansion in the US. Which leaves me asking myself, is there a point in the life of a Swiss startup where they need to go abroad in order to continue growing? Let me know. 

Outside of Switzerland, climate change continues to threaten our food supply, plant-based alternatives are big business and it's getting fishy, Deliveroo pulls out of Germany, Kraft Heinz is trying to make a comeback, Hazel raises $13m to fight food waste and extend products shelf life, RX bar expands into the $1.3B hot cereals category, your next takeout could very well come from a ghost kitchencan food and beverage giants innovate? some seek the answer in cannabis. And lastly, looks like "being the sober one" is now cooler than ever as the nonalcoholic spirits brand Seedlip get's acquired and the non-alcoholic beer market is buzzing.

Upcoming Events 

  • FoodPreneurs Meetup Zurich:
    9th September, Impact Hub Viadukt, Zurich
    We're back in Zurich with another Foodpreneurs meetup. As usual, bring some food and/or drinks, come meet with other local foodpreneurs, listen in to the stories of our speakers and come pitch your startup. 
    Free event, register here

  • Investing in the future of food:
    10th September, FlexOffice, Geneva
    The investment and food startup worlds meet over the jam packed event with 11 food/foodtech startup pitches, 2 panel discussion with successful Founders and Funders, as well as high level networking.  
    Paid event, register here (use code: FH-Newsletter for -10chf)

  • Food Brands x Retailers:
    12th November, Zurich
    Your chance to pitch your product in-front of retailers and show them why you deserve to take up that all valuable shelf space. Open to retailers, brands and anyone interested in the thematic. 
    Paid event, register here

External Events

  • Minute To Pitch:
    August 27th, ECAL, Renens
    Our friends at MassChallenge are putting their startups to the test with this 1 minute pitch competition. 
    Free event, register here

  • Bread & Jam Festival / Entering the UK market workshop:
    October 2nd - 4th, London, UK
    Do you have a food or beverage brand? Are you interested to break into the €215B UK market? Then the Bread and Jam festival and their 'entering the UK market' workshop are two unmissable events for you and your business.
    Workshop: Paid tickets, register here (Use code: FH30 for 30% off)
    Festival: Paid tickets, register here (Use code: FH30 for 30% off)

  • Cocoa Hack 2019:
    October 11th & 12th, ETH Student Project House, Zurich
    24 hour cocoa MAKEathon to disrupt the journey from cocoa to chocolate. Get necessary inputs from experts and engage in discussion to develop creative solutions to the most pressing challenges that the chocolate industry is facing today.
    Free event, register here

  • Future Food Tech:
    October 17th - 18th, London, UK
    Bringing together over 500 leaders, senior executives, pioneering innovators and VCs from around the globe. The international innovation and networking summit offers a platform to share ideas, cultivate high-impact partnerships and push forward new solutions to the food system’s most pressing issues.
    Paid event, register here (use code FH300 for £300 off a delegate pass) 

The Secret Sauce

In other news, here's a great weekly roundup of food events in Geneva launched by our ambassador Marie-Laure and speaking of, we'd like to welcome three new ambassadors in the FoodHack team; Nelson Casas who's expanding our meetups to Bern, Philipp Staudacher who's joining the team in Zurich and Maria Cecilia Alvarez Saavedra who's taking over in Lausanne. Want to bring FoodHack to your city? Let us know!

That's all for now, feel free to shoot me a message with your feedback, questions or just for a quick chat. 

Have a great week and until next time, stay hungry. 

Arman 

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